In 2016 the California Legislature passed the Voters Choice Act (VCA) to increase flexibility and convenience for voters. Five counties piloted it for the 2016 Presidential election.  Santa Clara County and others will implement it for the 2020 elections.

Under the VCA every registered voter will receive a ballot in the mail starting 29 days before the election. The voter can return it by mail, drop it in a secure County drop box, or return it at any vote center in the County.

Vote centers will replace traditional polling places.  Approximately 25 vote centers will open eleven days before the election, 100 for four days before the elections, and 125 will be open throughout the County on Election Day.  

At these centers a voter may:

  • Vote in-person
  • Drop off their ballot
  • Get a replacement ballot
  • Vote using an accessible voting machine
  • Get help and voting material in multiple languages
  • Register to vote or update their voter registration

Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters VCA page:

California Secretary of State VCA page:

— Claudia Hevel, Voter Services Committee